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Reed, Murray Clifton ("Cliff")

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1904
Place of birth Willunga
Principal occupation Quarryman/labourer
Date of death 1984
Place of decease Willunga

Murray Clifford (Cliff) Reed was born on 5 August 1904 at Willunga. He was the son of Frederick Murray Reed (1863-1922) and Catherine Sibly (1863-1934).

Cliff married Dorothy Louisa Holly (1899-1977) on 29 Oct0ber 1927 at the residence of Mark Hart at Forestville, SA. They had three children:

  • Phyllis Mabel (1927- ) was born at Wayville and married Keith Claridge.
  • David Frederick (1938- )
  • Rose (1939- )

Cliff was a quarryman/labourer who worked for a wage of 5s per day at the Bangor slate quarry from 1919 until it went into liquidation on 1929. He had a number of jobs during the Depression, returning to Bangor Quarry in 1934 and earning 15s per day. He worked a 48 hour week, walking 2 ½ miles (4 km) up into the hills to work each day, leaving home at 6.30am. In the late 1930s he made roofing slates for the Outpatients Building at the Royal Adelaide hospital. Other buildings that he made roofing slate for included Bonython Hall (at Adelaide University), St Francis Xavier Cathedral, Crystal Brook RSL, Wayville RSL and for repairs to St Peter Cathedral. He worked with Bill Meverlay and Jack Arthur.

Cliff and his family lived at 17 St Marys Street in Willunga. Murray Clifford Reed changed his name to Murray Clifton Reed on 1 July 1944.

Dorothy Reed, aged 77 years, died on 7 July 1977 and Cliff Reed, aged 79 years, died on 6 March 1984 at Willunga. They are buried in the Willunga Wesleyan Methodist (Uniting) Church Cemetery.


  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • SAILIS CT124/36
Headstone: Murray Clifton (Cliff) and Dorothy Reed
Headstone: Murray Clifton (Cliff) and Dorothy Reed

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